ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman likes how the Atlanta Braves are finishing the season.The Braves own the NLs worst record, as they have for most of the year, but theyve won 11 of 13 heading into the last game at Turner Field.A close-to-capacity crowd gave Freeman a big emotional lift Saturday night.Its been a while since weve felt that energy in this park the last couple years, he said. I know what it felt like. Its been a rough couple of years.Freeman hit a two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the Braves damaged the Detroit Tigers playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory.Trying to return to the postseason after missing out last year, Detroit dropped 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot.The Tigers will have ace Justin Verlander on the mound Sunday. But they need a win over Atlanta and a loss by Baltimore or Toronto to avoid elimination.Atlanta took a 5-2 lead in the seventh on Adonis Garcias two-run single, but reliever Mauricio Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Chaz Roe struck out Miguel Cabrera and got J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play.When youve got Miggy coming up with bases loaded, no outs, you know youre in a tough spot, Freeman said. But Chaz Roe did a heck of a job.Tigers manager Brad Ausmus credited Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson with an exceptional play on Martinezs sharp grounder.Tip your hat to Swanson, Ausmus said. He makes a great play on a line drive in the hole to his backhand and was able to turn two on it. It just wasnt happening for us.Braves closer Jim Johnson gave up a run in the ninth on Jose Iglesias infield single but retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez on a grounder to earn his 19th save in 22 chances.Freemans 34th homer put the Braves up 2-1 in the fourth. Nick Markakis 13th made it 3-1 in the sixth.Blair (2-7) entered with an 8.02 ERA but gave up four hits, two runs and one walk in five innings. He kept the Tigers off balance early with a sharp curveball, striking out five of the first six batters he faced.Zimmermann (9-7) allowed three hits, two runs, three walks and struck out two in four innings. In four starts since June 24, the right-hander is 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA.Zimmermann, who left Washington to sign a $110 million, five-year contract last December, has struggled with groin and upper-body injuries in his first season with the Tigers. He threw 37 pitches in the fourth, getting the third out with the bases loaded.Detroit led 1-0 in the third after Ian Kinslers RBI double and cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh on Justin Uptons 31st homer.Blairs previous high was five strikeouts in a win at Miami on May 28.CANT THANK YOU ENOUGHThe Braves made a big point to acknowledge the man who steered their move to a new ballpark next year.Tim Lee, who lost a re-election bid in July as Cobb County Commission chairman, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and then was greeted with a handshake from every player and coach. Team executives John Schuerholz, Bill Bartholomay, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller gave him a hug.Lee secretly negotiated with the team for Cobb County to spend approximately $400 million in public money and build SunTrust Park, the Braves new home after concluding their tenure at Turner Field on Sunday.FAREWELL TO THE TEDThe Braves announced that the finale is sold out. 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